Garam Masala Rubbed Cornish Game Hens with Maple-Tamarind Glaze

It’s no secret by now that I love Indian food.  While Murg Makhani/Butter Chicken (recipe here) is my favorite Indian meal, sometimes I feel like dressing something up in a pretty little package.  Whenever I want to add a little pizazz to a meal I’d usually make with chicken, I immediately think of Cornish Game Hen.  It’s perfectly proportioned, flavorful, and damn cute on a plate.  While watching one of my LOVES Bobby Flay on Food Network…

seriously!? THAT FACE

I was pleasantly surprised to see him deviating from his usual TexMex type cooking (which is BOMB by the way) and cooking up something with a little Indian flair.  I immediately wrote the recipe down and decided to give it a try – and I’m glad I did!  If you want a delicious, fancy shmancy Indian inspired meal, why don’t you try…

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Garam Masala Rubbed Cornish Game Hens with Maple-Tamarind Glaze!
serves 4

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Sweet Potato Pie

Crunchy leaves,  a brisk chill in the air, the smell of rain…

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It’s that time of year!  November here in the USA is kind of like the foodie olympics.  Whether you’re strictly a meal eater or an egg beater, whether you prefer to watch from the sidelines or tie things with kitchen twine, November has it all.  While I love almost every dish involved in the Thanksgiving spread, there is one that is iconically autumnal for me: PIE!!  I have always been a die-hard pumpkin pie fan.  I have a weird obsession with pumpkins, so as you can imagine, it was very hard for me to admit that this recipe trumped any pumpkin pie I had ever tried… and all those wonderful spices make it just as deliciously “Novembrous” as that squashy staple.  Give it a try, and let me know if you, too, are a convert.

Oh Lord I feel fine today
I’m walking on cloud nine today
I’m over that line today
Happiness is finally mine today….
It’s strictly on account of my….

sweet potato pie!

Sweet Potato Pie!
makes 1 9″ deep dish or 2 regular 8″ pies

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Perfect Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup

Fall is my favorite season.  Being in Florida, I have to celebrate as hard as I can to make myself feel like it’s fall, because apart from the one day it cools down to 65, there isn’t much to remind you of fall here.  Everyone who loves fall loves that delicious PSL – pumpkin spice latte!!  Here’s a super easy way to make the simple syrup at home, avoiding the long lines and, best of all, the price tag.

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celebrating fall with pumpkin spice and Ithaca memories!

Perfect Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup!
makes about 1.5 cups

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